Which Program is Right for Me?

Students in W&M’s Master of Public Policy program enroll in one of two tracks, the U.S. domestic focused Public Policy Analysis track or the comparative and internationally focused International Development and Policy track.

The tracks are best described in terms of the lens through which you will analyze policy issues, rather than the specific policy topics you will consider during the program. Students in both tracks will take the same Common Core courses listed below, and a student in one track may take any of the opposite track's required courses as an elective.

  • PUBP500: Mathematics for Policy Analysis
  • PUBP590: Policy in Practice
  • PUBP602-603: Quantitative Methods I & II
  • PUBP604: Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
  • PUBP609: Ethics and Public Policy
  • PUBP610: Policy Research Seminar
  • PUBP612: Public Management and Organizational Behavior

The differences between the two tracks are summarized in the table below.

Public Policy Analysis (PPA)
International Development and Policy (IDP)
Creation and evaluation of U.S. Public Policy at the local, state, and federal level Creation and evaluation of public policies in developing economies and international contexts
Track-Specific Courses
  • Global Political Environments

  • Comparative Legal Systems

  • PUBP550: Macroeconomics for Policy Analysis

  • International Development Policy

Other Requirements
10-week policy-based internship 10-week policy-based internship - must be with internationlly focused organization (ideally outside of the U.S. for domestic students)
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PPA Curriculum IDP Curriculum

We offer joint degree programs with a number of different graduate programs at W&M. These joint degree programs are open to students in either the PPA or the IDP track. Joint degree programs allow students to complete two graduate degrees concurrently in less time than would be required to complete each degree separately.